At The Living School, we believe learning is more than a childhood requirement. It is a life-long journey that should be approached with enthusiasm and enjoyment. If your child is approaching learning with dread, boredom, or worse, we invite you to a new path.
WE OFFER BADGES FOR OUR DAY SCHOOL AND OUR SINGLE CLASSES!
Upon completion of a class with The Living School Orlando, students will earn a badge for their achievement. Badges can be applied to their school backpack. It will be a fun and colorful way for the students to display their achievements.
*All registered students will receive either a school backpack as part of their registration fee.
Students will love earning and displaying this colorful assortment of badges!
*Please note, schedule may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.
Yoga: Namas-PLAY Yoga for Kids
Gardening and Nature Studies Class: Nourishing with Nature
Nourishing with Nature is a hands-on gardening class that will engage students in the education, planning, and executing of a garden. Gardening has incredible benefits, especially for growing children. They will learn to appreciate Nature, acquire patience, bond with their friends, and grow healthy produce. We will learn how to build a garden, how to maintain it, and how to harvest the plants we grow. The aim of this class is to show children the importance of growing our own food, and how rewarding that can be. We look forward to growing with you!
DAY SCHOOL FOR AGES 5 AND 6: Waldorf 1st Grade Curriculum
After their yoga and gardening classes, our youngest students will follow a Waldorf-inspired schedule that includes Circle Time, Form Drawing, and Main Lessons in Math, Nature Studies and Language Arts.
*During Circle Time the teacher will lead the students in one or two seasonal poems, one or two seasonal songs, and a movement game.
*After Circle Time, students will work on the form of the week. Form Drawing is an exercise in which students practice a free-hand drawing of a non-representational form. For example, first graders will practice drawing spirals in the air and on paper with the right hand and left hand, and sometimes with their toes! Form drawing is believed to help develop the fine motor skills as a preparation and support for writing. It strengthens eye-hand coordination and form drawing also works in the other direction — the movement of the hand also educates the brain. Form drawing is also a form of art and gets more and more complex as the child ages thereby developing the aesthetic sense. It also teaches thinking but in a non-intellectual way; it trains the intelligence to be flexible, able to follow and understand a complicated line of thought.
*After Form Drawing, students will listen as the teacher tells a story related to the Language Arts main lessons which will be based on Fairy Tales. Students will then create an artistic depiction of the story through drawing or painting. During this time, students will also practice writing and spelling.
*Math time will follow. Math will be based on a Waldorf Math Gnomes story where students will be introduced to the four processes of math — addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will also be introduced to mapping skills and Roman numerals. Math will also has an artistic component.
*Three to four snack times, and outdoor times, will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of active play time and time to quietly focus. Part of our outdoor time will be free play, and the other part will be focused on nature studies where students will be exposed to topics such as beekeeping, the four seasons, insect studies, nature crafts and more.
DAY SCHOOL FOR AGES 6 AND 7: Waldorf 2nd Grade Curriculum
*During Circle Time the teacher will lead the students in one or two seasonal poems, one or two seasonal songs, and movement games that touch on math and language arts skills.
*After Circle Time, students will work on the form drawing of the week. Form Drawing is an exercise in which students practice a free-hand drawing of a non-representational form. For example, second graders will practice drawing running forms as well as vertical mirrored forms in the air, walking them, sometimes drawing them even with their toes, and on paper as well. Form drawing is believed to help develop the fine motor skills as a preparation and support for writing. It strengthens eye-hand coordination and form drawing also works in the other direction — the movement of the hand also educates the brain. Form drawing is also a form of art and gets more and more complex as the child ages thereby developing the aesthetic sense. It also teaches thinking but in a non-intellectual way; it trains the intelligence to be flexible, able to follow and understand a complicated line of thought.
*After Form Drawing, students will listen as the teacher tells a story related to the Language Arts main lessons which will be based on Animal Legends, Golden Legends (Hero tales), Trickster Tales, and Stories of Wonder. Students will then create an artistic depiction of the story through drawing or painting. During this time, students will also practice writing and spelling.
*Math time will follow. Math will be based on a Waldorf Math squirrel story where students will continue to hone their understanding of the four processes of math — addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Math will also have an artistic component.
*Three to four snack times, and outdoor times, will be incorporated into the day so that students have a natural balance of active play time and time to quietly focus. Part of our outdoor time will be free play, and the other part will be focused on nature studies where students will be exposed to topics such as animals, flora and fauna, nature crafts and more.
Fine Art in Winter Garden and Windermere
In Winter Garden, students will explore the elements of drawing. Drawing can be taught just like any other subject! Using an infusion of Mona Brooks’ approach, Waldorf form drawing, and sprinkled with some Caldecott winning illustrations that your child may recognize, Living School students will start from the very beginning. We will learn the 5 basic shapes that artists use. From there, the possibilities are endless!
In Windermere, students will create masterpieces using a variety of methods and tools. From painting to sculpting and from charcoal to chalk pastels, students will learn technique and have lots of fun!
Marcus Garvey said, “A people without the knowledge of their history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” While it is very important to learn the stories that form our roots, learning about the culture of others fosters an understanding of our world, it’s people and the rich life lessons, traditions, stories and morals they provide. In World Cultures, we will visit these stories from across the globe including the creation stories of Native Americans, and Indian Epic Poetry. Each week we will hear a story and create works of art, all while gaining a greater understanding of our global community!
Students will explore history from the Fall of Rome to the Renaissance. While creating a timeline journal, students will sketch, discuss, and act out famous people and historical events. Activities such as crafting, role playing, and map-making will allow us to dive deep into the Medieval culture as we learn about feudalism, knighthood, tales from each culture, and more. Historical figures from Europe, Asia, and Africa will be explored. Optional challenge activities and suggested reading will be offered to parents who are looking to expand on class lessons during the week. At the end of the semester students can sign up to participate in the Living History Fair.
The ocean is a major force on the Earth, but why? From plate tectonics to our very own weather we will learn how the ocean affects us every day! From volcanoes to Icebergs and the tiniest grain of sand in between, this course will uncover the geological, physical and chemical components of our oceans and seas. Each week we will learn new vocabulary and use illustrations to unravel the mysteries of our seas!
Learning to write is one of the most important skills children can learn. Most children will naturally have an enthusiasm for writing as a way to express themselves and their imagination. Creative writing not only allows kids to express their feelings, it helps them clarify their own ideas and beliefs, and discover what they know or think about a topic. Writing doesn’t have to be a solitary activity. This course will prepare and engage your child in creative writing through play, conversation, reading and exploration.
Description coming soon!
Sing And Learn Latin!
Educators believe exposure to Latin in the early years helps students more readily distinguish the meanings of English words they are unfamiliar with while also enhancing problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students will be introduced to the basic Latin language and vocabulary through song. They will explore the roots for several familiar English words and have the option to practice their Latin vocabulary at home.
Theatre Class: Bringing A Play To Life
Bringing a Play To Life is a 12 week theatre class for students ages 7-13 which will center around bringing a play to life. The semester (Fall 2017) we will be working on “The Swiss Family Robinson”. Students will have a hands-on experience as they learn about, and participate in all aspects of theatre: including set and costume design and construction, acting techniques, character development, and the rehearsal process. The curriculum will focus on inspiring self-confidence, creative thinking, and problem solving skills. The artistic ability and hard work of our students will be showcased at the end of the 12-weeks in a performance for friends and family.
The Speak Out program is based on an award-winning public speaking program that comes from Thailand. The philosophy of the program is simple: To generate confident speakers who express their ideas, thoughts, and skills in a manner that helps them meet their goals and helps to change our world. Most children will not grow up to regularly speak in front of 50 people, much less 100, 500 or 1,000 or more, but they will speak in front of at least 5. The goal is to develop their public speaking skills with this in mind.
Level 1 – Basis for all interpersonal communication. This is the confidence-builder level. Children need to be able to find their voice and use it in small, interpersonal exchanges before they can grow into confident speakers. Here they also learn the basics of interpersonal/public speaking.
Level 2 – Intro to speech. In this level they begin giving speeches, but not in the tradition of most public speaking programs. They learn things like leader speech, teacher speech, emcee speech, and sales speech to name a few. This program does not use generic speech skills like, “Present a speech on a public figure.” Instead it focuses on the first 6 major speeches a person can/will make in their lifetime.
Level 3 – A combination speech and debate level. Here they learn the final 6 types of speeches and learn the fine art of debate and how to use it to their advantage.
Spanish Class (for ALL Levels):
Play and Learn Spanish!
In class students will get to be immersed in the world of the Spanish language. These classes will teach the children how to have fun and enjoy the experience of discovering another language and culture using hands on lessons full of games, crafts, music, and more! The class will focus on conversational skills, as the teacher will speak primarily in Spanish, encouraging the students to do the same as their vocabulary and mastery of the language grows.
Homework is required. Homework assignments and practice problems will be provided. Students should expect to work on homework three days a week outside of class time. Although I will be teaching your student two days a week, you might need to help your child with homework.
This course will cover the basic skills needed for high school level Algebra and Geometry.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to: the language of algebra, solving one step and two step equations with variables, proportion, percent, ratios, graphs, probability, applying algebra to geometry, working with negative numbers and absolute value, exponents, scientific notation, square roots, and business math.
|Team Project: The last half hour of class on Fridays will be used to work on team projects. Students should plan to have a couple team meetings outside of class to work on their team project as well. For their team project, students will be assigned a “real world” math-related project by a local supply chain engineer who has worked for Disney and currently supports Darden restaurants. Students will have three months to work on the project in and out of class. At the end of March, they will have the opportunity to present their solutions and outcomes to the local company and get feedback from the engineering team!|
As with all Living School classes, we will use movement, “acting” scenarios, games, and hands-on activities as much as possible to help solidify content and make the learning fun. We will cover many of the topics within the context of science, business, and economics. I believe every child can understand math and “be good at it.” Some may need to re-program their beliefs that math is hard or that they are not smart enough. This class will help do that. And for those who are already eager and perhaps advanced in their math skills, the way we will apply advanced concepts to real-world scenarios in science and business will help them take their math skills to the next level.
Please purchase the following supplies for your student:
- A main lesson book. Minimum 32 pages. With or without onion skin. This is where we will keep new concepts and class examples, so students can use this book at home (and throughout high school!) as a guide. Can be purchased at www.waldorfsupplies.com. Allow two weeks for shipping.
- A notebook or loose leaf paper for practice/scratch paper. This can be in a binder, sketch pad, or notebook.
- A pad of graphing paper
- Protractor and compass
- Calculator (A basic calculator is fine for this course.)
- Several pencils. Please bring at least two to class.
- Colored pencils
- Pencil sharpener
Please note: For the safety of your children we adhere to a strict sign-in/sign-out policy for each of our classes. Only the specific adults listed with having pick-up privileges on the registration form will be able to pick up the children. No exceptions will be accepted unless prior consent has been given, in writing, to the Directors of The Living School Orlando. We appreciate your adherence to this rule. Thank you for helping keep our students safe!
**We are always looking for ways to enhance our class offerings with new ideas. If you have a suggestion for a class you would like to see offered, please contact us and let us know!**